This story was first published on February 22, 2011
This message asks recipients to pray for the recovery of Greg Comer, who battled cancer for seven years. But, sadly, Mr Comer passed away on the 26th February 2011.
The message began circulating via Facebook and other social networking sites back in 2011. It has continued to circulate sporadically in the years since and again gained momentum on Facebook in 2017.
The information in the message was confirmed via a Facebook Event Page that was set up for Greg Comer and his family in 2011. The event page explained that, at the time that Jacob’s prayer request message first began circulating in early January 2011, Mr Comer was in a coma and his family was warned that he may only have a short time left to live.
However, later updates noted that he came out of his coma and was able to return home for a time. But, he passed away soon after.
An example of the message:
Greg Comer has battled cancer for almost 7 yrs. The doctors are giving him only days to live. Greg is 41, married & has 2 children, Jacob 11 & Alyssa 7. Jacob has asked his Mom for a special request, for everyone to pray for a miracle for his daddy. He wants a prayer chain across the world. Please pray for Greg and help start this prayer chain across the world for Jacob.
Copy & re-post, and add your city and state before posting in order to keep prayer chain going.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!